I’ve given the barrow a complete overhaul for May, including some new purchases.
I’ve gone for a mad orange and blue theme, with both the Scabious Kingfisher Blue and the Salvia East Friesland new.
Two of the orange plants were existing, the plant at the back left, Zauschneria californica ‘Western Hills’ has been in the greenhouse all winter, and I think in retrospect I should have trimmed back the top growth to encourage it to bush out a bit more. It does look a little spindly, but the flowers are great. The low plant, front left, is the one we brought back from a trip to Madeira over Christmas. It seems to be thriving, but I still don’t know what its called – any clues? And the one at the back right is the gorgeous Geum, ‘Totally Tangerine’. I love the way geum flowers sit on wiry stems, well above the foliage, and I do love the bright colours but have struggled to find a spot for them in the garden. Hopefully having this one in a pot will work. Both the geum and the scabious already seem well settled in and I like the way they wave about in the breeze.
The last component is a new Sedum – Dragon. Looked at closely there is a darker edge to every leaf. I like it poking out of the tall pot like mad hair.
Many of the pots in April’s barrow are still going strong, especially the fuschia and the cineraria, and they’ve now been moved to another area of pots, which has a pink/silver theme. Perhaps I’ll share those on the next Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day,
The main change for April is the addition of the ‘Apricot Foxx’ tulips.
I planted a lot of tulips this year in plastic pots to fit inside terracotta ones, so that I could swap them about and have a succession. The only problem was that to get the plastic pots to fit, required sawing the tops off the plastic pots, and then chipping an interior ridge out from the terracotta. As you can see, for this one, I’d got bored so sadly we’re left with the plastic!
To be honest the barrow hasn’t moved on much from February.
The fuschia (amazingly) continues to flower, but I’ve also added my Grevillea to the mix, as well as the Carex ‘Everillo’ to pick up on the yellow of the Tete a tete. Lastly I popped a pot of tulips, which were flowering in the greenhouse, on top of the Cineraria.
I treated myself to this barrow at a junk shop shortly before I opened the garden for the St Helen’s Secret Gardens event last June. I wanted to liven up a rather dull corner which featured little apart from a shady bay and some chopped wood.
I’ve decided to add a monthly photo showing what’s on the barrow, and although it’s not looking too exciting at the moment (perhaps the monthly photo will inspire greater effort), the clear highlight for me is the Fuschia Microphylla which I bought from Eddington Nursery last year – it just keeps on flowering. And actually the Cineraria, not a plant I think I’d want actually in the garden, has been pretty good too – it just keeps on being silver.